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Here's what you need to know to start your day.

WEATHER

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As upstate New York continues to be battered by record snow --- two more feet are expected today --- Maryland will shrug off the bitter temperatures that have gripped the state for the last few days. Today, temperatures will warm up to 45, and fall to 24 overnight. It'll be breezy with 10-20 mph. winds out of the west-southwest, so hold onto your hats!

TRAFFIC

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FROM LAST NIGHT

Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered the Maryland flag lowered to half-staff today to honor Lt. James E. Bethea, a 40-year Baltimore firefighter who lost his life last week in an East Baltimore row house fire.

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge sentenced Jeffrey Shiflett, 35, to life without the possibility of parole Wednesday for the 2013 murder of Katie Hadel, 33, who lived in Reisterstown.

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TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Thousands of immigrants living in Maryland illegally could be shielded from deportation under an executive order President Barack Obama is set to unveil in an 8 p.m. televised and radio national address.

State and federal officials announced options to replace the 150-year-old Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel that has snarled passenger and freight traffic for decades along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

Heavy volume Wednesday slowed Maryland's newly opened health exchange website. Officials say 80,000 people have visited the site with nearly 10,700 beginning to file applications.

Tavon White, the Black Guerrilla Family gang leader, will be the government's star witness against the eight remaining defendants, attorneys said as the trial opened Wednesday.

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